Bekaa Valley Wine

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Bekaa Valley is the center of the Lebanese wine industry, with the majority of the country’s vineyards. Most of Lebanon is too hot and dry for quality viticulture, however the cooling effects from the Mediterranean and elevated slopes with water runoff from Mount Lebanon create a microclimate in which grapes can thrive and ripen with good balance. 
 
Lebanon itself has a long history of wine production dating back 5000 years to the ancient Phoenicians who successfully traded wine with other countries in exchange for gold and other precious commodities. Through the centuries, other empires occupied the land. In the 16th century, when the Ottomans arrived, alcohol production and consumption was limited to only the residual Christians who stayed after the Crusades and were allowed to produce sacramental wines. 
 
In 1857, with this loophole in place, Jesuit missionaries created Ksara, the country’s first commercial winery and now its largest wine producer Read more »

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  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Folle Blanche

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Popular Wineries in Bekaa Valley View all

  • Clos St. Thomas

    Since the beginning of time, everyone who stepped onto the Lebanese soil has paid tribute to the ...

  • Chateau Ksara

    In the ancient vine production tradition, Lebanon owns its existence to Christian’s communities t...

  • Cave Kouroum

    We at Cave Kouroum are dedicated to confirming excellence and sustaining commitment in the direct...

  • Chateau Musar

    Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work...

  • Château Khoury

    Lebanon has, through the ages, acquired a rich and complex wine history because of its geographic...

  • Solifed

    Our vineyards spread all over the Bekaa valley, a plateau of 900m of altitude soaring to 1700m. ...

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Bekaa Valley on Snooth

  • Massaya Classic Bekaa Valley 2006

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    Wine review by Aquipjoe


  • Clos St. Thomas Red Blend Chateau St-Thomas 2006

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    best wine ever Read More

    Wine review by bobsamaha


  • Chateau Musar White Blend Blanc 2001

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    We drank this in 2011.The color of this wine is deep and a beautiful gold. The nose is crazy complex and a bit of a head scratcher. There's a bit of oxidation (but way less than I expected) and baked apples and a little nuttiness. What is puzzling is an almost menthol note on the nose that cuts right through the richness. Puzzling.On the palate ... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Château Ksara Red Blend 2010

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    My girlfriend brought some of this wine directly from Lebanon. This is a deep red with full body and oak tannins that leaves no lingering afterthoughts on the palate. So far this is my favorite red I have tried! Read More

    Wine review by clinta


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2008

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    Described by the Chateau as its second wine, the back label says that Cuvée Rouge is made according to the philosophy of Chateau Musar, an intriguing directive. Its extremely rare in the UK. Again, its not on the Musar website (although there is a wine called Cuvée Musar). And despite its age, this entry level Musar experience (as Stuart describ... Read More

    Wine review by Sedimentblog


  • Hochar Pere et Fils Red 2003

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    Musars a unique, acquired taste, and so this was a daring choice, I thought, for a mainstream gathering, like piping John Coltrane into a hotel lobby.It was brick red, almost rusty in the glass, like an old port, with the smoky palate of an elderly claret, but a lighter, more downable weight. Absolutely delicious, a good reflection of the Musar ... Read More

    Wine review by Sedimentblog


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2004

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    Described by the Chateau as its second wine, the back label says that Cuvée Rouge is made according to the philosophy of Chateau Musar, an intriguing directive. Its an "entry level" Musar experience.Sediment likes the idea of entry level. It suggests youre at the same concert, just with a restricted view. But sadly here, its not so much a restri... Read More

    Wine review by Sedimentblog


  • Hochar Pere et Fils Red 2003

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    This is a spin-off from Chateau Musar, which is itself a unique, acquired taste, and so this was a daring choice, I thought, for a mainstream gathering, like piping John Coltrane into a hotel lobby.It was brick red, almost rusty in the glass, like an old port, with the smoky palate of an elderly claret, but a lighter, more downable weight. Absol... Read More

    Wine review by Sedimentblog


  • Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley Lebanon 2006

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kefraya Rouge Lebanon 2006

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    Wine review by njsailorsam


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